Gary Schanbacher was educated at Randolph-Macon College, Old
Dominion University, and the University of Colorado, where he earned his
PhD in economics. He received a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention and won the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains
First Book Award, and the Eric Hoffer General Fiction Award for his short story collection, Migration Patterns. Schanbacker was a Hemingway Fellow at Ucross Foundation, serves on the
board of directors of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and is a founding partner of the Writers Block, a writing
community in Denver.